The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 32- Dover (Tas)

Please refer back to my first post for site specifications.  Among them:  “The shelter should be freely exposed to the sun and wind, and not shielded by or close to trees….”

Station:  Dover 94020

Opened: 1901

Daily Temperature data from: 1989

Data used to adjust Acorn sites at: Butlers Gorge, Grove, Hobart.

Location: Co-ordinates   -43.3330 146.9980

Dover map

About 75km south-west of Hobart.

2016 BOM Site Plan:

Dover plan

2014 site plan:

Dover plan2014

So it was moved to the current site five years ago (between June and August 2014).  And it was moved to that location from a “Parks, Wildlife, and Heritage” site (that was also non-compliant) between 2003 and 2006.

2019 satellite image:

Dover aerial

Wider view:

Dover wideshot

The station is beside a driveway and in the middle of a dense stand of timber.  It would be shaded for a considerable part of each day, especially in winter.  It is not representative of the surrounding area, and there are many suitable alternative locations.  Why was it moved to this less compliant site?

This station is not compliant.  Temperatures are reported at Latest Weather Observations.  and data from the old Parks and Wildlife site used to adjust temperatures at Acorn sites- but will the next version of Acorn use the new location’s data?.


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5 Responses to “The Wacky World of Weather Stations: No. 32- Dover (Tas)”

  1. Bill in Oz Says:

    Ken, it’s bizarre how the BOM collects all this information about it’s non compliant weather station sites and then puts it all on line for anyone to easily see.

    ( I just copied the location coordinates you give above and pasted them into my search engine and up popped the complete BOM 20 page report saying how non compliant it was.

    Clearly many staff within BOM know that many of their weather stations are non compliant by their own guidelines.

    But maybe the masters at BOM do not care. They have no shame it seems.

  2. John in Oz Says:

    Ken – you have piqued my interest in seeing where you are getting your info from, then had to go through several BOM pages to find the data for any particular site.

    On finding Dover’s site data, I notice there has been many uses for this area, including an airstrip (2006) running beside the collection site and many sheds (1999) that would have had, presumably, many vehicles moving between them.

    As there are numerous site drawings produced over many years, why would no-one in the BOM raise the question as to its suitability for weather data collection. Perhaps the meaning of ‘World’s Best Practice’ needs re-definition.

  3. Bill in Oz Says:

    John I asked Jess at the Bri Bear cafe Unfortunately she had thrown out the note by mistake. Why not send me an email :

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